Civics

(UPDATED) Watchdog group: Boston ended FY 2010 with $9.1m surplus, but...

Boston's coffers ended fiscal year 2010 with a $9.1 million surplus, a fiscal watchdog group reports.

The Boston Municipal Research Bureau said Monday that the $9.1 million represents represents 0.4 percent of that fiscal year's $2.3 billion in spending.

But let's not start jumping around and compiling a list of programs to restore to full funding just yet.

Sam Tyler, head of the BMRB, notes, "This is money that has to be reserved for fiscal 2012."  Read more

King brings national spotlight to Codman Square's big night

John King, OFDJohn King, OFDCNN's John King, broadcasting live alongside Gov. Deval Patrick during last night's Men Cook for Women's Health gala, shows off a souvenir: an Originally from Dorchester bumper sticker. King, who grew up on King Street, told viewers of his "John King USA" program that he intends to find a home for the sticker on the set of his show's studio, which is already layered with Boston sports and political memorabilia. King appeared live from the tented gala several times during his hour-long program and served up food from the Ashmont Grill to guests. At left is Bill Walczak, executive director of the Codman Square Health Center, which sponsors the annual gala to raise funds for women's health programs. Other notable attendees who served as celebrity chefs included the Sen. Scott Brown, former Gov. Mike Dukakis, and the Reporter's own publisher Ed Forry, who dished out servings from the City Fresh Foods alongside Gov. Patrick.  Read more

Tonight: Party helps bring new life to old Dot barn

By 
Alex Owens, Special to the Reporter
Sep. 15, 2010

The Clapp family barn. Peggy Mullen photoThe Clapp family barn. Peggy Mullen photo

Editor's Note: The Dorchester Historical Society invites you to invest in the future of Dorchester by supporting its past tonight by attending the “Save Our Barn” Gala, 6 p.m. Tickets are still available. For more info, go to www.dorchesterhistoricalsociety.org
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McDonald's owner seeks drive-thru at Gallivan restaurant

It’s long been the fast food equivalent of the Holy Grail for those in the burger-and-fry business on Gallivan Boulevard: a drive-thru. Tonight, the owner of the McDonald’s restaurant on Gallivan Boulevard will gallantly attempt to persuade neighbors in Cedar Grove that it’s time to install one there — despite a long history of community opposition dating back to the mid-1960s.

Jeff Brewster, who owns and operates several McDonald’s in the Boston area, will make his case in front of the full membership of the Cedar Grove Civic Association, which meets tonight at 7 p.m. at St. Brendan’s Fr. Lane Hall.  Read more

State extends comment period, sets tour dates on Neponset path extension

By 
Reporter Staff
Jun. 30, 2010

The Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) has extended by more than a month the public comment period for the Neponset River Trail extension. Comments will now be accepted, by email or phone, through August 14. DCR also has scheduled two site walks — on July 22 and July 26— to explore the different alternatives for the trail’s extension into Mattapan and/or Milton.  Read more

New frame for Lucky Strike site

The owner of the site that once housed an Adams St. bowling alley says he’s making another run at building a mix of residential units and commercial space.

Saying he had been absent because of a heart attack a year and a half ago, owner Tam Tran told the Fields Corner Civic Association on Tuesday that he will come back to the group in September to present new plans for the site.  Read more

Fields Corner Main Street plans "stimulus" party for Wednesday

By 
Reporter Staff
Jun. 18, 2010

Fields Corner Main Street is planning a "stimulus party" for Wednesday (June 23) at Peggy O'Neil's bar at 1310 Dorchester Ave. The event— with the theme "even your neighborhood needs a bailout!"— will run from 6:30-9:30 p.m. More details here.  Read more

Summer beach bash gets financial boost

By 
Reporter Staff
Jun. 18, 2010

Beach Fest Boosters: (l-r) Samantha Overton, DCR, Deputy Director of Urban Parks, Patty Foley, President SHSB, Maureen McQuillen and Deirdre Habershaw, both of the Dorchester Beach Festival.Beach Fest Boosters: (l-r) Samantha Overton, DCR, Deputy Director of Urban Parks, Patty Foley, President SHSB, Maureen McQuillen and Deirdre Habershaw, both of the Dorchester Beach Festival.

Good news this week for those who enjoy the annual Dorchester Beach Festival. Organizers have secured a $4,000 grant for this year’s celebration from the group Save the Harbor / Save the Bay. The funding from the Better Beaches Small Grants Program supports programming on the metropolitan region’s public beaches and are made possible by a $25,000 grant from The Boston Foundation, $25,000 of in-kind support from theDepartment of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) and financial support of Save the Harbor’s corporate partners.  Read more

Boost for Codman Sq.: New building will feature housing units

Under construction: Levedo building near Codman SquareUnder construction: Levedo building near Codman Square

More affordable housing is coming to Codman Square: In the works since 2007, the Codman Square Neighborhood Development Corporation started construction earlier this year on the 36,781 square-foot Levedo Building, which will include 24 affordable rental units and commercial sites.  Read more

Mattapan’s Rousseau is a woman on the go

By 
Tara Merrigan Special to the Reporter
Jun. 17, 2010

Nancy RousseauNancy RousseauSoon after an earthquake devastated Haiti in January, three thousand people packed Hibernian Hall in Roxbury. The high turnout, with only a few days notice, was in part thanks to Mattapan resident Nancy Rousseau and several others who organized the event.

“It was challenging to pull off that event in such a short time and be the anchor of the event on that day,” says Manolia Charlotin, Rousseau’s friend and colleague. “She was so calm. It really impressed me that she could maintain that level of calm on such a hectic day. I suppose that’s because for Nancy her work is about the people she’s helping. It keeps her focused.”  Read more